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Differences between Personal Injury Litigation and Settlement in New York

We know personal injury litigation in New York

Many of our clients ask us what we think is the likely outcome of their case. Our answer? It depends upon a number of factors, including whether or not they pursue litigation or a settlement.

There is no correct course of action that applies to every case—only pros and cons for each option. For instance, personal injury litigation in New York generally results in more compensation than a settlement. Types of compensation that you can be awarded as the result of a trial include:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Transportation fees
  • Pain and suffering benefits
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral expenses
  • Any other expenses incurred due to injuries

Litigation is a much more formal process than negotiations, and you may be required to present yourself in front of a judge or jury. Some individuals do not look forward to the experience. On the other hand, clients are sometimes relieved to finally have their side of the story heard in court.

What about New York personal injury settlements?

Clients often choose to seek a personal injury settlement when they want to avoid the stress and hassle of litigation. This method of resolving your legal issue also tends to be faster, as well as more informal, than a trial. Often, it is simply a matter of you and your attorney meeting with the defendant, and his or her attorneys to discuss the case. One drawback is that the punitive damages often awarded by judges and juries are not likely to be a part of settlement negotiations. However, all other types of compensation normally gained through traditional injury litigation can be included in your settlement.

Whether to settle a case or engage in a trial is completely up to you. At the law offices of Steve Foley, our New York injury attorneys prepare every case thoroughly, as if it is going to trial. We evaluate the merits of litigation, and make sure we have enough solid evidence to win in court, if needed. We then advise you of the most likely outcome for your suit in each case, and let you make the decision accordingly.

Contact us regarding your New York injuries today

Are you looking for a personal injury settlement in New York? Stephen R. Foley and his personal injury attorneys in New York give you comprehensive legal help to restore your financial health. Call his downtown Buffalo office at 716-200-1487 or toll-free at 866-675-1062. You can also inquire through the online form on his contact page. Let him hear from you today for a free consultation.